At Least 35 Dead As Wildfires Rampage Along The West Coast

President Trump sits down for wildfire briefing with Calif. officials

So far in 2020, "wildfires have burned over 3.2 million acres in California, which is larger than the State of Connecticut", Cal Fire says. The fire-friendly weather is the result of warm, dry and breezy conditions. "You just watch", Trump said.

Hundreds of campers were surrounded by the Creek Fire that suddenly engulfed the surrounding forest on the night of September 5. From Medford through the neighboring communities of Phoenix and Talent, an apocalyptic scene of charred residential subdivisions and trailer parks stretched for miles along Highway 99.

After four days of brutally hot, windy weather, the weekend brought calmer winds blowing inland from the Pacific Ocean, and cooler, moister conditions that helped crews make headway against blazes that had burned unchecked last week.

Still, emergency officials anxious that the shifting weather might not be enough to quell the fires.

"We went back to Mill City this morning, but police advised us not to as it is unsafe", Elaina Early told AFP.

At least 10 people have been killed in OR, according to the office of emergency management.

Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon OEM, revealed during a Monday news conference that the current and accurate number of confirmed missing individuals from the wildfires is 22, KOIN reported.

There were 34 active fires burning in OR as of Sunday morning, according to the state's Office of Emergency Management website.

California has said that about 15 million acres of forest are in need of thinning and brush-clearing.

President Trump sits down for wildfire briefing with Calif. officials

Thick smoke and ash from the fires have darkened skies over the West Coast for a week, creating some of the world's worst air-quality levels.

The White House also said 24 fire management grants have been approved since mid-August for Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Drought conditions, extreme temperatures and high winds in OR created the "perfect firestorm" for the blazes to grow, Brown told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. Brown told CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday.

"I think we want to work with you to really recognize the changing climate and what it means for our forests, and actually work together with that science", Crowfoot told Trump, adding that "science is going to be key".

An analysis out in August from Stanford climate and wildfire researcher Michael Goss and others found that a almost 2-degree (1 Celsius) rise in autumn temperatures and 30 per cent drop in rainfall has more than doubled the number of autumn days with extreme fire weather over the past 40 years.

As wildfires raging through the West force millions of voters to confront the consequences of a warming planet, the presidential race became intensely focused Monday on climate change - an issue that has been overshadowed through much of the campaign.

Trump, who has often questioned the science of climate change, has blamed poor forest management for the spread of the fires and their intensity.

"Donald Trump's climate denial may not have caused these fires, and record floods, and record hurricanes, but if he gets a second term these hellish events will become more common, more devastating, and more deadly", Mr. Biden said in Wilmington, Del. Mr. Newsom said 4,200 structures have been destroyed in California, and 44,000 residents have been evacuated.

Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes. Local officials have called those assertions groundless.

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